Annotated Bibliography for Illinois Mine Maps
This is a list of sources providing information about the coal
mines of Illinois. Some commonly used sources are described below. Full bibliographic
references are given for all other sources. Unless otherwise noted, all sources
are available for public inspection at the
- Annual Reports of the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals
Published since 1881, these reports contain tabular data on mine ownership,
production, employment, and accidents. Some volumes include short descriptions
made by mine inspectors of physical features and conditions in selected
- Directory of Illinois Coal Mines
A compilation of basic data about Illinois coal mines, originally gathered
by ISGS staff in the early 1950s. Sources used for this directory are undocumented,
but they are probably Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals annual reports,
ISGS mine notes, and coal company officials.
- ENR Document 85/01, Guither, H. D., J. K. Hines, and R. A. Bauer, 1985
The Economic Effect of Underground Mining Upon Land Used for Illinois Agriculture:
Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources Document 85/01, 185
- Microfilm map
The US Bureau of Mines maintains a microfilm archive of mine maps. A microfilm
file for Illinois is available for public viewing at the ISGS.
- Mine notes
ISGS geologists have visited mines or contacted mine officials throughout
the state since the early 1900s. Notes made during these visits range from
brief descriptions of the mine location to long narratives (including sketches)
of mining conditions and geology.
- Quade Reports
J. C. Quade, a mining engineer working for the Federal Land Bank of St.
Louis, mapped areas of subsidence due to coal mining in the early 1930s.
These reports often include county maps of mine properties with mined-out
areas including shaft locations, as well as subsidence areas.
- WPA maps
The Works Progress Administration produced maps in the mid- to late- 1930s
that compiled mine maps available to them at that time. These maps include
the main shaft, some air shafts and the mine outline. The date of the extension
is listed for some mines.
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